June 22, 2018

Dano-German 2020 year of friendship 

  Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Berlin, Germany: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen have unveiled the Dano-German Cultural Year of Friendship in 2020 (Deutsch-Dänisches Kulturelles Freundschaftsjahr) during a bilateral meeting. 2020 marks the hundredth anniversary of the drawing of today’s borders between Denmark and Germany. This opportunity shall be used to highlight the profound ties, and various cooperation fields between the two EU countries. The foreign ministries are patrons for the cultural year of friendship.  On 15 June 1920, Northern Schleswig was officially reunited with Denmark after the then Duchy of Schleswig had been lost 1864 to Prussian and Austrian armed forces. Strikingly was the…

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Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez  

Thursday, 14 June 2018, Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro reshuffled his cabinet, and appointed the hitherto President of the Constitutional Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez Gómez, to the office of XXIX Vice-President of Venezuela. She served as Foreign Minister from 2014 to 2017. As Vice-President she is in charge of the country’s intelligence service. For further information: http://www.vicepresidencia.gob.ve https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delcy_Rodríguez#Vice_President_of_Venezuela

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Borell leads Spanish Foreign Ministry 

Thursday, 7 June 2018, Madrid, Kingdom of Spain: Veteran Socialist Worker’s Party politician Josep Borrell Fontelles accepted to take upon himself the duties as Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation. Until his appointment, Borrell pursued an academic career as a professor at the University of Lleida in Catalonia. From 2004 to 2007 he served as XII President of the European Parliament. For further information  http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/en/Ministerio/Ministro/Paginas/Biografia.aspx

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Ecuadorian chief diplomat to lead UN assembly

UN Photo, Loey Felipe – SG António Guterres, President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcák and Minister  María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Tuesday, 5 June 2018, UN: UN General Assembly elected the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, to preside over the assembly for its 73rd session that commences in early September 2018 succeeding her Slovak colleague, Miroslav Lajčák. She is due to become merely the fourth woman, and first from South America to lead the assembly’s sessions in its 73 years old history. Her win was dedicated was dedicated to “all women around the world who partake in…

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ICC the latest on Al Bashir case

Al Bashir case: ICC Appeals Chamber invites submissions from Sudan and Mr Al Bashir on legal questions raised by Jordan On 25 May 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) invited submissions, by 16 July 2018, from the competent authorities of the Republic of Sudan and Mr Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir on the legal questions raised by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (“Jordan”) in its appeal pending before the Appeals Chamber. Jordan’s appeal against Pre-Trial Chamber II’s decision of 11 December 2017 concerns a finding that Jordan, a State Party to the Rome Statute since…

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German-Finnish meeting at Helsinki

Heiko Maas and the XII President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö – Picture by Matti Porre, Tasavallan presidentin kanslia. German-Finnish meeting at Helsinki  Friday, 25 May 2018, Helsinki, Republic of Finland: A foreign affairs meeting was held in Finland at the invitation of the Finnish chief of diplomacy, Timo Soini, for his colleague hailing from Germany, Heiko Maas. Albeit their counterparts from Sweden and Denmark were due to partake their participation was postponed for a later date to be announced. In fact, the axis bringing together Germany and the Nordic EU-countries has not met since 2016 during a summit held at Berlin. Focus of the bilateral Finnish-German…

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OPCW Director-General in UK

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, with Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan. The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, met with senior government officials and highlighted the chief challenges in chemical demilitarisation during his visit to the United Kingdom from 23 to 25 May 2018. Ambassador Üzümcü held separate meetings on 24 May with the UK’s Minister of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Earl Howe, and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the…

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Eurojust working together with Audiencia Nacional

The Spanish Central Investigating Court of the Audiencia Nacional and the Romanian Directorate for Investigation of Organised Crime, Central Office and Terrorism (DIICOT), as well as the Romanian Police, initiated separate investigations into an organised crime group (OCG), composed mainly of Romanian nationals. The OCG, which targeted a multitude of victims worldwide, including public and private entities, as well as individuals, is suspected of having committed the crimes of fraud, forgery of documents, money laundering and involvement in an OCG. Following simultaneous house searches in both Member States, thirty-three suspects were detained in Spain (fourteen were arrested in Spain on…

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Conflict in Ukraine, Volker: “Finding a solution depends on Russia”

Conflict in Ukraine, US Special Representative Volker: “Finding a solution depends on Russia” By Guido Lanfranchi. On Friday May 25th, United States Special Representative for Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Volker, updated the international press on the situation in Ukraine. In the wake of his recent trip to the country, Mr. Volker expressed his solidarity with the Ukrainian people and argued for the need of Russia’s collaboration in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict. US Special Representative for Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Volker, recently concluded a working trip to Ukraine. During the trip, Mr. Volker visited the conflict-ravaged Eastern region of Donbass,…

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Zimbawe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Monday, 15 May 2018, Harare, Republic of Zimbabwe: The latter country has applied to re-join the Commonwealth of Nations after the country withdrew its membership 15 years ago under former President Robert Mugabe. Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, announced in a statement that Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa had submitted a application for the country to return to the 53-member group of mostly British former colonies. To rejoin, Zimbabwe must go through an assessment followed by consultations with other members states, which must agree to its membership. Zimbabwe was first suspended from the Commonwealth in 2002 on the grounds that Mugabe,…

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